Motorcycles provide their drivers with the freedom of the road, but unfortunately, there are many obvious risks with driving one. First, motorcycles are less visible so many accidents occur due to motorcycles being in another vehicle’s “blind spot.” Second, motorcycles weigh much less than a car and are less stable and protected compared to other types of vehicles. Further, the rider lacks enclosure and thus is more likely to be injured or killed. With all this stated, it does not permit other vehicles on the road to drive negligently and cause accidents. Drivers of other motor vehicles have to take the same precautions on the road, no matter who or what is out there. They have to act reasonably and follow the California Vehicle Code. When they don’t and a motorcycle rider is injured because of that negligence, the motorcycle rider can recover money damages for his or her injuries, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Let’s make something very clear – we represent motorcycle victims. We represent the riders that are injured because of someone else’s mistake. We understand the vehicle codes and sections that are applicable to motorcycles and other vehicles alike. Make no mistake – we ONLY represent plaintiffs (the injured party) and not the other way around. Even though a motorcycle rider may end up more injured because of the sheer difference in motor vehicle protection offered, the responsible party has to pay for ALL of the rider’s injuries. The law in California allows for Contributory Negligence, which in effect will decrease the rider’s recovery by whatever percentage a jury finds the rider was negligent in addition to the other party. Therefore, if the rider was speeding when the accident occurred, a jury may also find some fault for the accident on behalf of the rider. As motorcycle accident attorneys, we will fight to recover any and all losses suffered by you or anyone you know involved in an accident. It is important that you understand these intricacies in the law when you navigate through your claim. Again, know that we only represent injured parties and only practice personal injury law.
Per The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident on the road than those in cars
- Nearly 100,000 motorcyclists are injured in highway accidents alone
- Approximately 10% of all roadway accidents in the United States involve motorcycles
- Head injury is the main cause of death
- More than half of the accidents involved other another vehicle
- Over 40% of motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle that was turning left
Don’t wait until it’s too late (remember you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit). See our blog for more info on motorcycle accidents.
If you need injury attorneys in Los Angeles, please contact us at any time for a free evaluation of your case. We are experts in this field and will immediately answer all the questions have regarding your accident.